CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: A general view of the stadium before the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day for both teams at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*It was if the Baseball Gods said, "we will give you weather, but remind you of all the issues your worried about last year."
*First Opening Day shutout loss by Reds since April 13, 1953, 2-0 to Milwaukee Braves. Rogers Hornsby was the manager of the Reds.
*Second-longest streak in Major League history...Phillies scored in 62 straight Opening Day games from 1911-1972.
*That's seven straight losses dating back to last year, if you are keeping track.
*Season flashed before my eyes: Cueto hit by liner in arm from Matt Carpenter, leading off game.
*Cueto: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR...looked like Cueto of 2012.
*Billy Hamilton was swinging 1-0 in 2nd AB? 4 K on day. Had to be nervous. Not comfortable in box.
*Billy saw 17 pitches, most of them curves: Swung missed 3 pitches, looked at 5 strikes, fouled off 5 pitches (1 on bunt), took four called balls.
*On anniversary of Pokey Reese’s 4 error Opening Day game (1998), Hamilton had a 4 K Opening Day game.
*Top 5 hitters: 1 for 17, 0-7 RISP, 9 LOB, 12 K in 36 PA, got three extra outs=0 runs, had four base runners in 8th=0 runs, poor bunt Cueto. Little things.
*Frazier 1B, SB, infield single
*Votto did not run out of box on chopper front plate?
*Notice how shallow Billy plays in CF?
*How about Matt Adams beating shift twice?
*Scoreboard graphics cleaner/easier to read
*BP patient: 1B, BB....23 pitches seen in four plate appearances.
*B5th: Pena reached on Bourgeois E, 2nd, 0 outs, Cueto poor bunt, Billy K, Phillips K.
*B6th: Bruce BB, wild pitch, 2 outs, Frazier BB, Cozart GO.
*T7th: Cueto served up fat one to Molina, HR, 1-0.
*Wainright: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K
*Wainright '13 vs Reds: 1-3 7.77, 29 hits/22 IN....career: 5-9 5.11.
*Votto career vs Wainright: 4 for 30, .133
*B8th: Phillips BB, Votto grounder E, 1st and 3rd, 0 outs, Bruce FC to Adams, Phillips out plate, Ludwick FC/E, 1st and 3rd, Frazier K.
*I rarely like concept of "going on contact" from 3rd base. Reds had 1st and 3rd with no outs. No way Adams was turning a DP on a chopper. No idea why Phillips was going on contact.
*Didn't see replay: Could Votto have scored from 2nd on failed DP turn/error, with Adams' back to plate in 8th?
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Baseball is a tough game regroup regroup regroup tough opening day but great players have bad days to new day tomorrow I'm blessed its cool— billy hamilton (@BillyHamilton) March 31, 2014
CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Matt Adams #32 St. Louis Cardinals chases down Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds in the 8th inning during the game against the on Opening Day for both teams at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)